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Document ID (ISN)103555
CIS number 04-567
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bang B.E., Aasmoe L., Aardal L., Andorsen G.S., Bj°rnbakk A.K., Egeness C., Espejord I., Kramvik E.
Title Feeling cold at work increases the risk of symptoms from muscles, skin and airways in seafood industry workers
Bibliographic information Jan. 2005, Vol.47, No.1, p.65-71. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract Norwegian workers in seafood industry plants are exposed to a cold and often wet environment. This study on the relationship between feeling cold at work and the risk of muscular, skin and airway symptoms involved 1767 seafood industry workers, who responded to a questionnaire. In addition, thermal measurements were carried out in 17 seafood industry plants. 15.9% of production workers and 1.7% of administrative workers reported that they often felt cold at work. Mean finger temperatures after one hour of work varied between 16 and 22░C. Foot temperature dropped from morning until lunch time in 85% of the measurements. Production workers who reported that they often felt cold had significantly increased prevalence of symptoms from muscles, skin, and airways while working, compared to workers who reported that they never felt cold at work.
Descriptors (primary) fish; symptoms; cold workplaces; thermal environment; food industry
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Norway; skin temperature; temperature measurement; skin diseases; musculoskeletal diseases; questionnaire survey; respiratory diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Animal hazards
Food industry
Heat and cold